Hunger And Food Insecurity

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Who is "hungry" or the "food-insecure" in America?
Hunger and food insecurity affects millions of Americans in the United States. The Individuals affected by hunger and food insecurity are primarily households that live at or below the poverty line. According to Feeding America.org (n.d.), more than 46 million Americans were in poverty in 2014 and more than 48 million in the United States lived in food insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children. Hunger and food insecurity affects a number of different populations, however, it affects some more than others. The households that tend to struggle with hunger and food insecurity the most are households that have children under the age of eighteen and single-parent
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However, these areas may contain numerous fast food restaurants which sell foods and beverages that are high in fats, sodium, and sugar. Easy access to this type of food contributes to the obesity epidemic in the United States. Even though the residents may have access to a local grocery store they may still be unable to afford fresh and healthful options as they tend to be more expensive compared to that of the “dollar menu” at fast food restaurants. However, according to Hillstrom (2012), recent research has created questions about the role food deserts play in the obesity. Some argue that food deserts aren’t necessarily to blame for the obesity issues in poorer communities, but rather, food swamps. The overabundance of food options and convenience foods are thought to be a contributing factor to obesity in low-income communities. Households in which the parent/ parents work multiple jobs are too exhausted to prepare dinner and thus are more likely to turn to convenience foods which are also the less healthy options. I myself have been guilty of …show more content…
This legislation is meant to help provide easier access to healthful foods such as fruits and vegetables to low-income households (the food insecure and hungry) as well as rewards farmers for producing these goods. The Farm Bill of 2014, also provides grants to non-profits organizations such as farmer’s markets, SNAP- retailers and community health organizations for projects that encourage and help low-income households purchase fruits and vegetables. Although this farm bill has good intentions, millions of Americans remain hungry and food

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